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Rugby union: talking points from the European Champions Cup

Toulon’s nightmare speaks to French woes, Saracens are miles ahead of the pack and Freddie Burns had a weekend to forgetIt seemed as if all talking points would have to revolve around the 52-3 destruction on Friday night of the former multiple champion…

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European Champions Cup 2018-19: pool-by-pool guide

Can anyone stop Leinster from winning an unprecedented fifth title? Are Exeter equipped for a real challenge? We mark your card for Europe’s top competitionA pool featuring four former winners and 11 titles but it is hard to see anything other than Lei…

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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend action

Joe Cokanasiga will bring bulk to England’s backline and Billy Vunipola does the game a good turnAlready it seems likely Joe Cokanasiga will win his first England cap this autumn and the smart money would be on him doing so against Japan in the third m…

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Jonny May’s sore shoulder will not rule him out of England autumn Tests

• Leicester wing may miss two Champions Cup matches • Marland Yarde faces six months out with dislocated kneecapJonny May is set to be fit for England’s four-Test autumn campaign, which begins against South Africa next month, but the shoulder injury he…

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Jonny May injury mars Leicester’s dismantling of Northampton

• Leicester 23-15 Northampton• Tries from Ben Youngs and Jordan Olowofela score for TigersRugby’s high casualty rate was again exposed during a match that was played here to raise money for Northampton‘s former Australia centre Rob Horne, whose career …

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Tom Youngs: ‘When my wife was ill, rugby was a release for me’

The Leicester captain feels like he is getting back to his old self after coming through a period of intense stress and emotionSometimes we forget that rugby is just a game and those who play it are human beings. The outcome of Northampton’s game again…

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Sam Simmonds’ worst fears confirmed in injury blow for England and Exeter

• Chiefs’ back-row to miss six to nine months with ACL injury• World Cup participation in doubt if he does not return by MaySam Simmonds faces an uphill battle to feature at the Rugby World Cup next year after being ruled out for between six and nine m…

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Kyle Eastmond try helps Leicester pin Sale to the bottom of Premiership

• Leicester 19-15 Sale• George Ford’s kicks prove decisiveLeicester kept Sale Sharks pinned to the bottom of the Gallagher Premiership after claiming an unconvincing victory at Welford Road. The Tigers avoided a third successive league defeat thanks to…

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Sale captain Jono Ross: it’s far too early to talk about relegation

• Bottom side focused on Leicester rather than table• Ross: ‘There are no weak teams in the Premiership’It may be too early in the season to describe Sunday’s meeting of Leicester and Sale at Welford Road as an eight-pointer but with the Manchester clu…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Kiwi coaches deliver a very British contest, Joe Marler left to count his blessings, and the amazing jet-set Willie le RouxTwo New Zealand coaches presided over an old-school British game in which the set pieces shaped the outcome. Todd Blackadder is i…

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Duncan Weir rampant as Worcester undo Leicester’s comeback at the last

• Leicester 37-44 Worcester• Weir scores two tries and 12 points with the bootFor a club with Leicester’s proud history and rich tradition these are concerning days. Beaten at home by the Premiership’s bottom club, four tries conceded inside the first …

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Manu Tulagi: ‘I’m feeling better and better … I know I’ll get there’

The Leicester player’s self-belief is returning after a litany of injuries and Eddie Jones is taking an intense interestEven on the worst of days Manu Tuilagi never completely gave up hope. “Mentally I always think I will get back to where I was, no ma…

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John Mitchell will make difference for England, says Johan Ackermann

• Gloucester director worked with New Zealander in South Africa• ‘He is passionate about the game and big on discipline’Johan Ackermann has backed the appointment of John Mitchell as England’s defence coach and believes the New Zealander will get the b…

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Black is the colour to end red-card muddle over misjudged tackles | Robert Kitson

The dismissal of Will Spencer against Wasps for a challenge without malice exposed the need for a lighter sanctionWe will come to the rights and wrongs shortly but imagine for a moment you are a rugby player in a packed defensive line. The opposition a…

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Rugby union: talking points from the Premiership’s weekend action

Exeter’s strength in depth shines through, Northampton loves Taqele Naiyaravoro, and Aled Brew ‘won’t be doing that again’ Related: Controversial Leicester red card spoils eight-try classic as Wasps prevail Continue reading…

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Lima Sopoaga’s kicks help Wasps beat Leicester side reduced to 14 men

• Wasps 41-35 Leicester• Will Spencer sent off for high tackleWasps resisted a second-half comeback by 14-man Leicester Tigers to earn a narrow victory in a captivating eight-try game at the Ricoh Arena.Scores by Juan de Jongh and Josh Bassett saw Wasp…

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Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual: hooliganism gave me a way to fit in

He dressed smart, carried a knife and wound up in jail. As his life story hits the stage, Riaz Khan reveals how, in 1980s Britain, soccer violence was very multiculturalIt wasn’t so much the violence that attracted Riaz Khan to football hooliganism as …

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Leicester legend Geordan Murphy on a mission to restore Tigers’ bite

The interim head coach is determined to land his ‘dream job’ on a permanent basis and bring back the glory daysWhen Geordan Murphy took over as Leicester’s interim head coach after the sacking of Matt O’Connor a couple of days into the season, he gathe…

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Wasps’ Dai Young speaks out as pressure builds on Premiership coaches

• Young has sympathy for sacked Leicester coach, Matt O’Connor• Bath’s Todd Blackadder among coaches under early scrutinyAt last month’s Premiership launch the Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall, remarked on the number of new faces among his conte…

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George Ford defiant over battle with Danny Cipriani to be England No 10

• Ford denies loss of England place was ‘wake-up call’• Leicester fly-half delighted with display against NewcastleGeorge Ford believes he has sharpened his attacking instincts after he was ousted by Danny Cipriani as England’s fly-half, but denied tha…